If you were trying to watch Saturday's game, you might have missed Giancarlo Stanton's game-tying home run -- and Jose Fernandez's accompanying celebration. That's because Fox switched away from the game in the ninth to show the trial verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.
Just how excited was Fernandez?
"Big time," he said. "I was pretty excited. It was fun to watch. That's why I love this game so much. I love this team, and I'm going to give everything to it, and whoever doesn't like it, I don't mind."
As Fernandez acknowledged following the Marlins' 2-1 victory in 10 innings: "As everyone knew today, I didn't have my stuff."
Still, Fernandez managed to hold the Nationals to only a run over six innings in what was his final outing before heading off to New York and Tuesday's All-Star Game. But he didn't slip away before having a chance to show one more time that, when it comes to his involvement in the game even when he's not on the mound, no one gets more into it. As usual, Fernandez remained in the dugout after being taken out to watch the final innings unfold.
When Stanton tied it in the ninth, Fernandez couldn't contain himself.
"I was pretty happy," Fernandez said. "I was so excited, I don't even know what I did. I enjoy it. My teammates laughed. Everybody was laughing. I was just enjoying it. When he made contact, I knew it was a bomb, so I got really excited. It's fun. You guys know how I am. I like to have fun."
Before checking out the video of Fernandez's excitement, can anyone remember another Marlin who showed as much enthusiasm? I'm thinking Dontrelle Willis deserves a mention. Anyone else?
Meanwhile, over on the Nationals side, Bryce Harper's teammates and manager were none-too-happy that their 20-year-old All-Star, Bryce Harper, was ejected in the sixth after disputing a strike three call by Hunter Wendelstedt. Yes, the pitch from Dan Jennings was high and away -- definitely outside of the strike zone -- and Harper had good reason to be unhappy. But his ejection might have cost the Nationals dearly, as his spot came up in the 10th with runners at second and third and one out.
Instead of Harper, Marlins closer Steve Cishek was tasked with Scott Hairston, and he struck him out. Cishek then struck out Ryan Zimmerman to end the threat.
"He cannot, in a one-run ballgame, (get ejected)," said Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. "That's a game you have to stay in no matter what."
Said Nationals manager Davey Johnson: "You can't do that. Take it out on the pitcher. Don't take your frustration out on the umpire."